This is a wonderful book series and the story is amazing, a complex, multifaceted storyline with well developed characters, and points of extreme suspense.
The reader however took me out of the joy of this book nearly every other sentence. If you listen to this book series in order, you will find no discrepancies in pronunciation until this book, where the reader mispronounces nearly every major character and locations name including one of the two main characters (Her name is spelled Kahlan, up until this book it has been pronounced 'Kay-lin' and he pronounces it 'Kah-lin' and occasionally 'Kah-lahn', which just makes he worse that he can't even stay to his own pronunciation.) This is just the worst offense, while listening I kept a tally in preparation for the review I knew I would give, and I counted a total of 16 significant locations or characters from previous books that he had pronounced differently from said books. I have one secondary, though much more minor complaint about how the reader gives many characters accents that seem odd. I respect the reader giving accents to help with knowing who's speaking and to give some flavor the them, many readers don't. but some of them don't make sense such as a grandfather, father, and daughter, all three with a different accent? In the story they live together and are a relatively poor family, so I can think of no reasonable explanation for that trick.
Ultimately the book was amazing, but the performance was ruined by the pronunciations for a person who had already listened to the prior books.
Enjoyed the book, darker than others but still holds my attention and draws a great picture. The voice/reader is better than last but he pronounces all the names poorly or just wrong ie Kahlan amnell is a main character. It's been KAY-lan in previous versions and by Goodkind. This version is kah-LAHN. I cringe ever timeline or miss its the mother confessor speaking. It's too bad the narrator has great voices and inflections.
Still enjoyed the story 1st and 2nd time. I just take time off from listening to this book, other SoT books I devour.
No. This review is based on only listening to the first one and a half chapters because I had to stop, I couldn't take it anymore. The fact that this narrator cannot pronounce character names correctly is such a distraction from the story that it isn't enjoyable to try to focus on the story. Was there no director that could have told this guy how things are supposed to be pronounced?
Absolutely not. This guy cannot even pronounce the character names correctly in a much loved series, so why would I want to take the time to listen to anything else he has done when he doesn't care enough to do the basic thing of getting the pronunciations correct.
Nope. I only got through the first chapter and part of the second chapter before I had to stop. I am dropping the Temple of the Winds audio book from my device and going back to reading the story.
Fortunately my listening to the series is a "re-read" so I do not need this, I can just go back to actually reading Temple of the Winds and hope that the narrators with talent are doing the rest of the series.
book is good but narrator sucks!
Why can't a narrator in a series listen to the previous book and pronounce the names the same? And then there are the voices! Really? Are they so arrogant that they can't respect what has been done before and assume they know better? It makes it miserable for the listener. In this case making names sound so similar to other characters and then voices of women of strength sound like blonde-headed bimbos!
Terrible narrator. He made the females all seem like simpering idiots and the men like macho morons. It was hard to listen to the whole thing because of name mispronouncing. If I had not listened to previous books, I would never have finished this one.
Nothing to say about the book bc I love the series. However, there are different pronunciations from the previous titles and the voice is more mundane then other titles. The readers acting gets better as the book goes on.
I love Scifi and Fantasy books.
It was poorly written from the beginning but it was the three chapters of torture that just put me off. There comes a point where you wonder if the writer is just not enjoying this a little too much.
The narrator continuously mispronounced key characters names. This was very annoying and I wouldn't recommend the narrator simply because of that.
Good book, poor narration. The narrator should have listened to the previous books to keep the continuity of name pronunciations by previous narrators.